Reimbursement to city for damage

March 29, 2019

The Watertown Common Council’s Finance Committee was told that the city will be reimbursed $57,800 from the Wisconsin Emergency Management for costs of cleanup and repair from the heavy rains in August 2018.

Mayor John David said the city turned in bills for approximately $82,600 when applying and 70 percent is typically reimbursed.

The costs were from things such as repairing washed-out roads and picking up items from homes and sending them to a landfill.

The committee reversed its decision from a previous meeting about fixing the engines of a dump truck and a garbage truck.

David said Street Superintendent Randy Franks didn’t want to deplete his repair accounts so he originally requested to use funding from other accounts. The cost to fix the dump truck is $23,000 and the garbage truck repairs will cost $21,000.

“What we had to do here was kind of reverse our decision made at the previous meeting,” David said. “We told Franks to take the money from his repair accounts and if we have to we’ll make adjustments at the end of the year.”

Members of the committee approved a 2019 Urban Nonprofit Source and Storm Water Management Grant Program application. David said it is a 50/50 match grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and it is for 2020.

“The projects that we are putting in, if we receive this grant, would equal $24,000,” David said. “We would get $12,000 if we get the grant from the DNR.”

The committee gave fire Chief Kraig Biefeld permission to advertise for a part-time clerk/typist position at the Watertown Fire Department. The position is 16 hours per week for $14.58 per hour.

“They’re still extremely busy over there, still in the transition period of farming out the billing for EMS, plus there is a ton of things that need to be done for emergency management, emergency government and emergency planning,” David said.

City Clerk/Treasurer Elissa Meltesen updated the committee on procedures regarding the Continuing Disclosure Compliance, which has to do with the city borrowing.

One requirement was appointing Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Lisa Trebatoski as an additional trustee to be responsible for doing the paperwork.

The committee approved employee advisory committee policy revisions. David said one change was the city clerk/treasurer’s office will be represented by the human resources generalist on the employee advisory committee. However, the committee denied a request by the employee advisory committee for revisions to time requirements for the meal reimbursement policy.

The committee also accepted a land donation off West Street.

“This will help the city when it comes to our requirements that have to meet for our MS4 permit,” David said. “When we own wetlands, we have to meet certain requirements from the DNR about our total maximum daily load of things that go into the river. When we own wetlands, we can use that as credits towards that.”

-- The committee took action on a number of items. They include:

-- The purchase of two 2019 Ford Escape SE vehicles from Grinwald Ford for the Health Department at total cost of $44,884.

-- The internal promotion of Justin Helser in the street department for $20.48 per hour.

-- The hire of Travis Walsh to fill Helser’s former position for $18.88 per hour.

-- The approval of a Housing Block Grant loan.